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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2005

E 360L • Diasporic South Asian Literature

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33365 MWF
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
PAR 208

Course Description

In this class, we will read novels, poems and short-stories by writers of South Asian descent in three distinct national contexts: the United Kingdom, the United States and South Africa. Background readings on the history of South Asian im/migration to these countries will be used to contextualize the set of historical experiences the novels document and imagine. We will ponder the usefulness of diaspora as a concept for explaining heterogeneous relationships of host and home country, belonging and alienation, assimilation and identity within the texts and their informing contexts. We will also read a Caribbean and Canadian novel to indicate a more global reach for the dynamics of representation the course engages.

Grading Policy

The class will be run as a seminar. Attendance is mandatory. More than one unexcused absence will result in a grade penalty.

Class participation including one presentation 30%
Two response papers, 4 pages each 10% each
1 final research paper (8-10 pages) makes up the remaining 50%


Zadie Smith, White Teeth; Achmat Dangor, Kafkas Curse; V.S. Naipaul, A House for Mr. Biswas; Rajeev Balasubramanyan, In Beautiful Disguises; Shyam Sevaldurai, Funny Boy ; Hanif Kureishi, The Buddha of Suburbia; Vikram Seth, A Suitable Boy; Bharati Mukherjee, The Holder of the World ; Rajini Srikanth, The World Next Door: South Asian American Literature and the Idea of America; Ahmed Essop, The Emperor


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